Dragonfly Treasure: March 2018
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Friday, March 23, 2018

Growing Sunflowers from Seed to Harvest


Sunflowers remind me of Summer with their bright colors and bees buzzing around.

One of the best things about sunflowers is how easy they are to grow!



Sunflowers add so much color to the garden.  They're so bright and beautiful, naturally attracting bird and beneficial pollinators, including bees.
An annual plant, sunflowers have big, daisy-like flower faces of bright yellow (or red) petals.


Sunflowers grow best in locations with full sun. They are hardy flowers and will grow in any kind of soil as long as it is not waterlogged.
Sunflower seeds, leaves and stems emit substances that inhibit the growth of certain other plants. They should be separated from potatoes and pole beans.


It's best to sow sunflower seeds directly into the soil after the danger of spring frost is past. Ideally, the soil temperature has reached 55 to 60 degrees F.
Space seeds about 6 inches apart in a shallow trench and sow 1/4 inch to and 1 inch deep depending on the seed size.  Smaller seeds don't need to be planted very deep while larger seeds should be planted 1 inch deep.  Make rows about 30 inches apart. (For very small varieties, plant closer together.)
Cover and keep watered until seeds sprout in 7 to 10 days.  When first true leaves appear (the second set of leaves); thin plants to about 2 feet apart.

Feed plants sparingly; overfertilization can cause stems to break in the fall. You can add diluted fertilizer into the water, though avoid getting the fertilizer near the plant's base; it may help to build a moat in a circle around the plant about 18 inches out.

Harvesting for flowers:
Cut stems early in the morning. Harvesting flowers during middle of the day may lead to flower wilting
Handle sunflowers gently. The flowers should last at least a week in water at room temperature
Harvesting for Seeds:
To harvest seeds, keep an eye out for ripeness. The back of the flower head will turn from green to yellow and the bracts will begin to dry and turn brown; this happens about 30 to 45 days after bloom and seed moisture is about 35%. Generally, when the head turns brown on the back, seeds are ready for harvest.


To protect the seeds from birds, you can cover the flowers with a light fabric (such as cheesecloth) and a rubber band.
Cut the head off the plant (about 4 inches below the flower head) and remove the seeds with your fingers or a fork.

Feeding Birds 
A lot of people leave a few plants to share with the birds.
It's a nice way to give back to nature.
and of course, they love them.


You can even plant a smaller head variety for them specifically. 
Whatever size they do make for beautiful arrangements also.


Vintage Flower Seed Packets Coloring Pages







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Fun with Easy Origami



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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018

Friday, March 9, 2018

New Spark Naturals March Oil Clubs Are Here!


Bergamot

Bergamot is specially unique among the citrus oils
because of it's ability to calm and uplift at the same time,
making it an ideal choice to help with sad or anxious feelings.
It aids in self confidence and aids in depression.
Bergamot is very cleansing to the skin, 
as well as purifying while having a calming effect.

Popular Uses

~ Diffuse to aid in depression - respiratory problems - SAD and PMS
~ Add to your tea for a calming effect
~ Add to a base cream to be used for wounds and cuts, oily skin, exzema, acne, etc.
~ Apply to feet with Spark Naturals Carrier Oil for a relaxing and calming massage
~ Add one to two drops to your DIY skin care cleanser

Uses
Diffusion:
Use 3 to 4 drop in diffuser

Internal:
Dilute 1 drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid

Topical:
Apply 1 to 2 drops to desired area
Dilute with Spark Naturals Carrier Oils to help with any skin sensitivity






Clary Sage

Clary Sage is one of the most calming, soothing, and relaxing
essential oils available, and has been used since the middle ages.
Clary Sage has wonderful benefits, including easing depression and nervous burn-out, as well as aiding in many female complaints. 
It is frequently used to calm the skin.
Inhaling or diffusing Clary Sage can promote relaxation, and aid in  a restful nights sleep.

Popular Uses:

~ A powerful relaxant Clary Sage essential oil can calm the nervous system during times of depression, stress, or grief.
~ Inhaling or diffusing Clary Sage can promote relaxation, and aid in a restful nights sleep
~ Add to creams, soaps, and lotions for amazing skin benefits
~ Clary Sage can help with menstrual  discomfort when applied topically
~ Clary Sage is often used as a DIY shampoo to promote healthy hair and scalp  

Uses

Diffusion:
Use 3 to 4 drop in diffuser

Internal:
Dilute 1 drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid

Topical:
Apply 1 to 2 drops to desired area




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